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What heart conditions can be treated with minimally invasive cardiac surgery?

Many people think of heart surgery as something that’s very invasive and hard on your body. Although any surgery is a serious procedure, the good news is that many heart problems can be helped without the need for invasive surgery, which requires surgeons cutting into your chest cavity by splitting the breast bone or sternum. If you need heart valve repair or replacement, coronary bypass, pacemaker insertion or treatment for irregular heartbeat, also known as atrial fibrillation, these conditions can often be treated with surgeries that use small incisions on the side of your chest instead of large incisions down your middle. Artificial heart pumps, or ventricular assist devices that are used to treat heart failure, can also be implanted via minimally invasive surgery. This often results in faster healing times with less pain and fewer complications, allowing you to get back on your feet sooner.

Jai Raman, M.D., F.R.A.C.S., Ph.D.Jai Raman, M.D., F.R.A.C.S., Ph.D.
OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute

About the expert

Dr. Raman specializes in complex heart surgery, including minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery and surgery for heart failure. He has pioneered many new procedures in the use of arterial grafts, which last longer (as opposed to veins) in bypass surgery; minimal access surgery for both valves and bypass; better closure methods of the chest after heart surgery; and improved management of heart patients.

Accepting new patients: Yes

Insurance: Most major health plans

Appointments: 503 494-7820

Website: //www.ohsuheart.com

Location: 3147 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, 2nd Floor, Portland, OR 97239

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